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The EUCPN publishes a toolbox series, with new titles appearing biannually. A toolbox focuses on the main theme of the Presidency and aims to support practitioners. It is a prevention-oriented manual in which we look at the difficulties and attempts to prevent the crime.

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Multi-component interventions are recommended, as the different actors offer a broad perspective to help tackle problems and produce a wide range of interventions.

Four papers make up the EUCPN toolbox on party drugs and crime:

Understanding the phenomenon
The term ‘party drugs’ does not refer to a specific pharmacological composition, but refers instead to drugs used with the intention of creating or enhancing recreational experiences, whether these be legal or illegal substances. The focus of this paper lies on understanding the relationship between party drugs and crime, and more specifically the risks associated with going out.

Effective approaches
The goal of this paper is to provide insights into the approaches taken to risks at recreational settings and the evidence that is available for them. We can conclude that multi-component interventions are recommended, as the different actors offer a broad perspective to help tackle problems and produce a wide range of interventions.

Darknet drug markets - The process
The main goal of this paper is to clarify the topic of (darknet) drug markets and party drugs by revisiting drug market stereotypes, by viewing illegal drug markets from an economic perspective and by zooming in on the important aspect of darknet drug markets and their criminal business process.

Darknet drug markets - Recommendations
This paper formulates concrete recommendations for action by means of a barrier model that can be applied to the trade of party drugs through darknet drug markets.

Toolbox on party drugs and crime

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Mythbuster

These short papers focus on a common misconception in the crime prevention field.

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Mythbuster deterrence

Warning, you may find the following message disturbing... ... but you continued reading, didn't you? The same happens in many crime prevention initiatives warning people about the potential consequences of their behaviour, whether as an offender or a victim. Indeed, fear-based tactics are commonplace within crime prevention and raising awareness of the potential risks and harms is assumed to deter people from that particular behaviour. However, this is not always the case. In fact, it may even be counter-productive. Scary, right?

Read the mythbuster warning, you may find the following message disturbing...

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Monitor

Our monitors present an overview of the current state of affairs and the most important European data on the phenomenon as well as recent trends. It also introduces strategies for the prevention of the phenomenon.

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Monitor organised property crime


This monitor will describe the policy of the EU Member States on Organised Property Crime (OPC). Property Crimes can be committed by common criminals, but can also be the part of the activities of Organised Crime Groups. Namely since Law Enforcement Agencies  often treat incidents as isolated evens, investing them only locally. This reduces the likelihood of efficient countermeasures.

The purpose of this monitor is to show differences and similarities within the approaches of the Member States. Firstly, we take a look at the definitions of OPC in the different Member States. Secondly, we give an overview of the initiatives taken to counter the opportunities Organised Crime Groups benefit from the lack of internal borders in the Schengen zone. Thirdly, we take a closer look at actions that aim to prevent OPC by informing citizens how they can protect themselves. Finally, we highlight some initiatives to prevent proceeds of serious and organised crime.

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Thematic paper / policy paper

These papers are published by the EUCPN in connection with the theme of the Presidency and aim at policymakers. They are written as an overview to help understand the definition of the theme and also pay attention to the current European law and legislative actions.

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Policy paper

This policy paper was written in tandem with the toolbox ‘Preventing the victimisation of minors in the digital age - awareness-raising and behavioural change’ and focusses on the main theme of the Romanian Presidency; child victimisation online and offline.

10 years earlier, the EUCPN had already focused on this topic once, during the Swedish presidency. At that time, Council Conclusions were adopted containing recommendations. In this policy paper, the EUCPN looks back at these recommendations to identify recommendations which are still valid and others who need an update. First, this paper discuss’ the prevention of victimisation of minors in general, after which the paper zooms in on the prevention efforts in the school environment and in cyberspace.

Read the policy paper on the prevention of child victimisation - online and offline

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